[Samba] Re: time sync issue

wes samba at the-wes.com
Tue Jan 20 05:16:39 GMT 2009

On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 5:56 PM, Mark Nienberg <gmane at tippingmar.com> wrote:

> wes wrote:
>> I am running a Samba domain controller with LDAP integration. I have at
>> least some workstations which do not seem to be syncing the time with the
>> DC
>> at all. My first instinct is to simply set the time with a logon script,
>> but
>> of course that runs as the user, whom does not have permission to set the
>> system time. I would prefer to get it working right, to where the system
>> syncs its time with the time server runnong in the DC.
>> I have tried to find the cause. net time \\dc1 works fine. There are no
>> entries in the event log regarding a failure to sync with the time server.
>> What can I do to find out why it's not syncing?
> Although the literature suggests that the workstations should be able to
> find the time server automatically since it is running on the domain
> controller, that does not appear to be true.  The error message received is
> "Member of an NT4 domain. Cannot synchronize."
> So maybe it only works in AD style domains, not NT4 style domains.
> Run this little batch file once on your XP workstations to get them syncing
> with your ntp server on your local network.  The ntp server may or may not
> be the samba server.  Of course, you have to edit the IP address of your ntp
> server.
> rem - filename XPtime.bat
> rem - this works for windows xp to set up syncing with our ntp time server
> net time /setsntp:
> net stop w32time
> net start w32time
> Note that the procedure is different for Win2000 workstations.  Let me know
> if you need that too.
> Mark Nienberg

I have done this on the XP machines. I think XP only syncs like once a week
or something.

I would like the directions for 2k as well. I still have a few of those
around, but they are on the way out.


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